‘Caro Andrea’: A Free Tribute Music Marathon

This weekend, Andrea Tacchi, longtime principal violin for the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), will be honored and remembered at a special day long tribute entitled “Caro Andrea.”  The late virtuoso with the silver curls helped found the orchestra in 1980 and was a passionate cultivator of chamber music, initiating many prestigious ensembles over the years until his death in 2016. Friends, colleagues, family members and many great names of classical music will gather [...]

Gift Concerts for San Miniato’s Anniversary

The hidden, hilltop beauty of basilica di San Miniato can be experienced during this week’s musical celebrations of the church and monastery’s 1,000th birthday. On Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 pm free of entrance, the Orchestra della Toscana will be concluding their summer season with free performances: the world premier of Tigran Mansurian’s Seven Prayers.  The works of a contemporary Armenian composer were selected in view of the fact that San [...]

September 2018 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, September 2, no admission will be charged at Florence’s state-run museums, while city-run museums are accessible at no cost to residents of the greater metropolitan area. So, take the opportunity to visit, for free: the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery and the Archeological Museum; the Palatine Gallery, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace; the Boboli Gardens; the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum), the Archeological Museum; [...]

Bastille Day Festivities Bring France to Florence

Friday the 13th is something to celebrate with this year’s Bastille Day festivities in Piazza Ognissanti. Offering free admission, the French holiday moves to Italy with an evening of dancing, dining, and drinking, commemorating 229 years of French democracy. Bastille Day honors July 14th, 1789: a day demarcating the end of absolute monarchy during the French Revolution. On this day, Parisians stormed the Bastille military fortress in a showdown against the traditional regime. [...]

2018 Florence Youth Orchestra Festival in Piazza Signoria

All month:  FLORENCE YOUTH ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL.  Free admission Youth orchestras from across the world will come to Florence and Tuscany, with countries such as the USA, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and the Netherlands represented. The festival, which organizes 50 to 70 concerts every July, was founded in Florence in 1999 with the intention of fostering the international musical community in Tuscany. The main venue is Loggia dei Lanzi, located in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, but [...]

Free Concert in the Duomo: Voices of the Eastern Sacred Rite

A free concert will be hosted under Brunelleschi’s Dome on Thursday, July 5 at 9:15 pm, featuring the Tuscan premiere of the well-regarded St. Ephraim Men’s Choir. The performance will bring eastern sounds to a western venue in a pan-religious and pan-cultural program that demonstrates the versatility choral music across time and genre. Hailing from Budapest, the group spotlights a distinctly Eastern European religious repertoire, ranging from ancient to modern. Voices from various [...]

Alan Friedman Speaks on Italian Economics

Journalist Alan Friedman is next to speak in the Oltrarno neighborhood with this summer’s “Talk at Villa Bardini” series. The series continues tonight, June 18, with Freidman’s analysis of the Italian economy. Adopting the style of both a meeting room and an informal TED-style talk, Freidman will open tonight’s discussion with a brief speech, before creating a dialogue about Italy’s present state of affairs with a participatory audience. Beginning work under the Jimmy [...]

Piazza del Carmine’s Celebratory Re-Opening

The city of Florence will hold an art and music celebration for residents and visitors this Saturday, June 16, to inaugurate the renovations and restorations to Piazza del Carmine. The Brancacci chapel, which features visually stunning frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino, will have special hours from 5-11 pm, with final entry at 10:30 pm with free admission. Reservations are required and groups may not exceed 30 people. Images of Masaccio’s frescoes will be [...]

Free Puccini Opera to Remember Mafia Victims

On May 26, the day before the 25th anniversary of the Mafia bombing in Via dei Georgofili behind the Uffizi museum, in which five people were killed, there will be a performance of Puccini’s beloved opera, Madama Butterfly. Soprano Silvana Froli takes the lead role as Cio-cio-san, tenor Enrico Nenci is Pinkerton. The Orchestra del Carmine will be conducted by Fabiano Fiorenzani and the Chorus of Montughi by Enrico Rotoli. The opera begins [...]

Bilingual Literary Event at Le Murate

The public is invited to to listen to American poet Zack Rogow at Le Murate Literary Café (via Ghibellina) on Wednesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  He will read his work in English, followed by an Italian translation. Zack Rogow is a poet, translator, playwright, and editor. He has published eight collections of poems, including Talking with the Radio (2015), My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers (2012), and The Number Before Infinity (2008). Since 2007, Rogow has been [...]